Flowers blooming

The “daffy” daffodils are blooming and it is only early February. Today the wind is blowing strongly from the west. I know we are going to get more Winter soon. Also the asparagus is coming up. The small sprouts will get knocked down as well. As for me I want spring SOON. We must have patience. We will get what ever we get.

More later. Grand Maverick


It takes a swift person to keep up with the new electronics these days. Always I am using my own computer in my own room (or perhaps in the room in my van). Today I am at Jacob’s Place which is a homeless shelter for families. I am using their office computer. I am not really sure how I was able to get online to do it. I don’t even have a Smart Phone.

The weather in central Arkansas is amazing. For several days we have had 70 degrees as a high which is wonderful. We are enjoying while we had it. It won’t last but a day or two longer and winter will return. Since it is only the last of January we most likely have some more snow. Then I will be shut-in on the top of this hill.

Yesterday was the last day of exercising at the Cardiac Rehab. I have graduation papers to prove it as well as a much stronger heart. The next challenge is to find a place to go for exercise or promise to do my Tai Chi. Without a partner to encourage me will be difficult.
Sadi Ann walks me to get the mail. I want to go only at 3:30 pm. She wants to go more often. Rainy/ snowy/icy days we do not go at all. So it is back to Tai Chi.

All for now. Grand Maverick

Ice and Snow

Winter is here is Central Arkansas. Yesterday evening we had ice. at was gone by noon so I went to my Cardiac rehab exercises, got my new glasses and paid the energy bill. This should tide me over the next storm which is coming tomorrow afternoon — or so they say.

I should be able to sleep-in in the morning. Perhaps the doggies will also.

More later.
grand Maverick

The Harvest Is In

Views on the way to church this morning gave a closing of a season. Very few of the corn fields have not been harvested. Same for the soybean fields. Some of the fields have been ploughed in readiness for the next planting.. The weather has been unusually warm for November. Some snow has fallen further north but none here yet in southern Wisconsin. Today it is 60 degrees.

One more visit with the heart doctor’s office to see if everything is in working order. (He also put two stents in the arteries to the kidneys). Then I am free to GO SOUTH after Thanksgiving. Joel (Cornell student) will be home a few days.

The next item of concern is the weather. The forecast is for the weather to be more winter like. In one of the smaller towns on the way to church there was a regular size white pickup truck with a snow plow mounted to the front of it. Are they ever ready or what?? I suspect around these parts that some snow comes, some snow stays and some snow goes.I would think the plow will remain on the truck until near the end of March.

More later. Grand Maverick


My energy is slowly coming back as is my endurance. Today I have begun to work on my ancestry again. Since I will be 84 before the end of the year, I was wondering if I am older than my grand-parents. My parents died in their 70s.
So the results are:
My Dad’s father (Joseph} b. 1866 d. 1952 was 86. His mother (Susie) was born in 1873 d. 1956 when she was 83. My mother’s father was b in 1866 and died 1950 which made him 84. Her mother died young of typhoid.
The score is 83-94-86.
More later as the 8 dogs of the household are barking at something.. This includes one Basset Hound..

More later.. Grand Maverick


With exercise machines and dog walking I am improving. i am no longer short of breath. The weather here in Wisconsin is cooperating. It has frozen to outside kitty-cat watering dish only once so far which is great for this far north in late October.

Early in November I am to have more stents put in on the left side this time. I hope my stamina will improve even more. I am sure that Sadi Ann D. Pincher will be very happy. She likes to walk faster that I, especially when she sees s squirrel.

All for now. Lunch time is almost here. More later. Grand Maverick

83,750 mile tune-up

This week as been like non other. With no warning my heart began cramping. I asked my daughter-in-law to look up heart attack on her cell phone (which has all kinds of apps on it). When I described my symptoms she said I was having one and dialed 911.

In two minutes flat two police men arrived. In Two more minutes the ambulance arrived. In no time I was in the ambulance with six people doing this and that. The trip to the clinic took just about three minutes. This city is not very large even if it is a county seat. We are at 16th street. The clinic in on 5th street one block over. I was unload in nothing flat and run (I mean run) into the cardiac operating room where the Doctor was waiting.

Within 30 minutes I was in my room. The bed had an alarm on it. This meant that if I wanted to go to the bath room I had the buzz the nurse. if I tried to exit the bed by myself it should sqwe-e-el on me.

What caused all this commotion, you ask? 100 percent blockage on the right side artery. The Doctor put in a stint which gave me 100 percent passage. On the left side there is a 75 percent block that has yet to be addressed. This should happen in the near future.

I have much more energy now than I have had for some time. I am remember some of the spelling of some familiar words that was bugging me. I am enrolled in Cath Rehab for some weeks. These exercises happen three times a week . I am closely watched with monitors and blood pressure checks.

All this mean that I will not be going south until about New Years.

More later. Grand Maverick

Sept 1, 2015 How time flys

How time flys. Fall is just around the corner. In fact, here in the north country some leaves are already falling. I have seen and heard geese flying south for several weeks. I think they wait until a strong upper wind comes down from Alaska for their journey.

The new desk is in the making. I have the lower drawer already. It sits on rollers on the floor and will serve also as a seat for the cab. It will be so low that I will put several pillows on it. I have already loaded it with office stuff.

I am to expect the next upper drawer in a week or so. It should be large enough to hold all my office files. The carpenter and I are expecting to have enough area left to have an upper drawer of about 3 inches. It should hold all my pencils, pens etc etc. Since it is being constructed by an expert it is looking very nice.

This is the report of the day More later.. Grand Maverick

Too Long Gone

I am so sorry not to talk to you all for so long. First, there was the preparation for the trip to enter the seventh grandchild in college. His mother, (my daughter-in-law) was the main overseer in the process. Clothes (I got to mend some pants), cook ware (He is not having a food plan), passport and various other things.

The first part of the trip took us from Monroe, WI by way of Ontario, Canada thru Niagra Falls on to Ithicia, NY. Joel, the said student, rode with Sadi Ann (Mini Pin) and me. The front passenger’s seat belongs to Sadi Ann so whoever is there has her on his/her lap. She love’s the attention. For this leg of the trip we stayed in hotels.

Second part we stayed in a NY State park. We had one tent which could sleep 10 or so. and my Ram Promaster van. Three males slept in the tent (Dad, brother and Joel). The van made a nice sleeping for Mom, Sadie Ann and I. The two nights here were not only nice with trails, swimming etc, but was close to Ithica and Cornell. This accounts for Thursday and Friday.

Third item was to register Joel and move him into his room. His roommate is also a physics major and plays a musical instrument as well. They should make a good match. Their room is in the music building. This accounts for Friday and some Saturday.

Saturday was a driving day. My companion for the trip back to WI was the eighth grand child. Again Sadi Ann had a soft lap with plenty of attention. We got just over into IN before stopping for the night. Sunday we finished with a unscheduled excursion thru lower Chicago. UGH We were never lost you understand with paper maps and a GPS. The entire trip was just over 1,700 miles.

I am now in recovery. More Later Grand Maverick.

Off and running

Well, not really. I do have two running boards installed. They look like they are original to the vehicle. It sure makes getting in and out much easier (and safer). Sadie Ann even likes them. (sometimes I call her “Little Four Legs”. She sure takes her protection duties seriously.

The fridge has stopped working. We don’t know why. So the next item on the agenda is check out the electric system. We need to know what wires run where anyway.

Another thing to think about is what kind of shelving will go in the bathroom. Wood does not sound like it would stand up in the moisture of the room even with a fan in the ceiling. I am considering some kind of wire; perhaps chicken wire. I guess they still call it by that name. Screen wire would not be stiff enough or strong enough. I am sure that Farm & Fleet persons will have some ideas also.

Summer marches on. Today in August 1 which means that fall is soon to come.

More later. Grand Maverick